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St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin backs Wolves starlet Connor Ronan for international call-up

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has backed Wolves midfielder Connor Ronan for a first international call-up soon.

The star is enjoying a great season up in Scotland, and has so far made 19 appearances for the Buddies.

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St Mirren played against Hibernian yesterday, with Ronan grabbing the only goal of the game.

He dispossessed Jake Doyle-Hayes, and then unleashed a powerful shot past Kevin Dabrowski for a fine finish.

It was a lethal strike that really showed the player’s confidence. He actually had a teammate in the clear to his left, but decide to take it on himself.

Ronan is making a habit of scoring great goals – his effort against Rangers back in October was particularly special. That even drew praise from Gers’ then-boss Steven Gerrard.

His latest effort actually came in front of the Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny.

And Goodwin thinks Ronan should get a first call-up if there’s any justice.

He said (via BT Sport): “Connor doesn’t score bad goals and that’s another one – in front of the Irish manager as well so please God, that will do enough to get him in the set-up.

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“I’ve been banging the drum long enough. I met Stephen Kenny there downstairs, I’m always talking up Connor in the press.

“He knows him well enough from the U21s.”

Ronan, 23, has been with Wolves since the age of 16, joining from Rochdale.

The star has 13 first-team appearances, but has never featured in the Premier League.

He has had several loan spells, his latest with St Mirren being his sixth.

Ronan’s first international call-up surely in the offing

It cannot be long now until Ronan gets a chance for the Republic of Ireland’s senior side.

The star has been having a fine campaign, for a team that is performing above expectation.

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Ronan has been showing a real aptitude for scoring high-quality goals from outside and the edge of the box.

That is a difficult skill that not many players are capable of.

Hopefully Goodwin had a little word in Kenny’s ear and Ronan will soon get the chance he deserves.

The Republic of Ireland’s next games are against Belgium and Lithuania at the end of March.